SMA Music Analysis Summer School


University of Leeds

9-10 July 2018 – following City Music Analysis Conference (5-7 July 2018)


Prof. Nicole Biamonte (McGill)
Dr David Bretherton (Southampton)
Prof. Janet Schmalfeldt (Tufts)
Dr Edward Venn (Leeds)

Building on the great success of its previous Summer Schools, the Society for Music Analysis is organising another summer school at the University of Leeds, 9-10 July 2018. The residential course will be open to both national and international applicants, and will provide a unique forum for advanced study in theory and analysis in the UK. It follows on from the City Music Analysis Conference (CityMAC, 5-7 July 2018). 

Designed as an intensive programme run in small seminar and tutorial groups, the 2018 Summer School will be taught by international experts in form theory, popular music theory and queer theory – the three topics that will be the focus of its seminars and tutorials. Plenary sessions will also address issues concerning the teaching of music analysis, encompassing, but not restricted to pedagogical trends, modes of delivery, curriculum content (both in analysis modules and the role of analysis in the curriculum), assessment, etc.

Attendance will be capped at c. 25 students. To be considered for a place, please submit a two-page CV including details of your academic qualifications and publications (if any), plus a short statement (up to 250 words) concerning your current work and how a place on the Summer School would assist it, to Dr Edward Venn ( by 18 May 2018. Documents should be sent in Word or .pdf format. The Summer School is open to current masters and doctoral students, and to scholars within two years of completing a doctorate. Applicants will be informed of their proposal’s outcome by 25 May 2018.

The Society for Music Analysis has provided a subvention that will offer successful students free accommodation and meals at the Summer School: participants need only cover the cost of their travel to Leeds. For students who are also attending all of CityMAC, the Society for Music Analysis will cover the cost of transportation from London to Leeds (equivalent to a standard rail fare).